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Flushing Dumplings

Taking nine 6th and 7th grade students to Flushing on Monday to sample different kinds of dumplings. Any recommendations for food stalls and/or restaurants? Must be under $5 per person. If you can offer any hints on navigating the Main Street Malls without speaking any Chinese, that would be much appreciated.

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  1. I choked with laughter when I saw the title of your post. Not your fault; I'm the one who flunked his ink-blot tests :)

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    1. re: Veggo

      ...and I'm an English teacher and writer. Joke's on me. Nothing like posting on the fly. But can you help with any (non-scatalogical) recommendations?

    2. I would suggest taking them to the lower level food court located inside Flushing Mall-it's next door to Best Western Hotel. I have been there on numerous and enjoyed the food there-they have sushi, Cantonese cooking, Dumplings (fresh made on the spot) and Noodles, dim sum and much more... As a Chinese American this is the place to go for real homestyle Chinese cooking with the right price tag!

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      1. re: The_Original_Basil

        where is flushing mall in relation to the subway station?.....is it walking distance?

        1. re: jaymor

          Yes, it's very close. About a block west and a block north of Roosevelt and Main (subway entrance).

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            thanks.......i gather you are from the bay area.....am from la......everytime i come up to the bay area i always make it a point to eat at a hole-in-the-wall place called hon won ton ....i really like the wonton soup there.....best in sf chinatown i think......have any other places for wonton that i might try?

            1. re: jaymor

              If you are asking about Flushing, I haven't really looked for it (though I was trying to figure out if the Wenzhou food stall in the 41-28 Main St. mall had a dish called "Tall Man Wonton". If you are asking about the Bay Area, there have been a number of discussions on the SF board about it (I do like ABC Bakery/Cafe on Jackson St.).

        2. re: The_Original_Basil

          Here's the link to their web site's map and their listing in Places:

          http://www.888flushingmall.com/locati...

          Other topics related (I think CHers have been more obssessed with the Golden Shopping Mall though):
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425766
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/412132
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444487

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          Flushing Mall Ginseng & Herbs
          13333 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          1. re: The_Original_Basil

            I didn't notice anything Cantonese about Flushing Mall? I find the majority to be Taiwanese. They have a Northern Chinese place that serves some Big A Dumplings which I find really satisfying when I want a dumpling fix. If you are facing the bubble tea booth its to the left and the menu is all in Chinese. #6 is the dumplings and they are larger than normal for pot stickers.

          2. In the upper right hand corner do a search: Dumplings in Flushing. Best Northern Dumpling Shop at 135-08 Roosevelt Ave gets very good reviews. If you want to be safe consider Spicy & Tasty on Prince St where English is spoken and rest rooms are very clean. Dumplings are $3.95 (be sure to mention you don't want them Spicy). Also, Joe's Shanghai at 136-21 37th Ave www.joeshanghairestaurants.com. Dumplings (8) are $4.65. Spicy & Tasty doesn't have a website but if you do a search: NY Magazine Review of Spicy & Tasty, you'll see the Menu. Print for the Students. I couldn't find a Menu for Northern Dumpling Shop. These restaurants have restrooms (versus the Malls). You may want to consider 3 orders each of dumplings, buns and cold sesame or other type noodles or whatever the students suggest.

            1. White Bear - tiny dumpling specialist shop with maybe 3-4 tables on Prince between Roosevelt and 40th

              Really awesome dumplings, they have a large variety...i like the pork and cabbage dumplings and the dumplings in hot oil. The believe there is an english menu, the people there are pretty english challenged, but you'll be fine if you point.

              Can also get bags of 50 frozen dumplings to go

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              1. re: Lau

                I doubt that a restaurant with 3 or 4 tables would be suitable for a group of 10. Plus you believe there's an English Menu which means pointing which is unacceptable. Much too channeling wouldn't you agree? Once again, these are children.

                1. re: Mike V

                  they're dumplings man...you can take them outside and eat them, its not exactly a huge ordeal to eat dumplings in a styrofoam box with a fork (its just like eating street food)...if you wanted to you, you could take them to go and then eat them at the flushing mall which is like a block away...i dont think its that big a deal.

                  Why exactly is pointing unacceptable? i dont understand that at all...its pretty easy

                  i mean almost every good cheap dumpling place with a good variety of dumplings is going to be some dump hole in the wall

                  1. re: Mike V

                    Three or four tables can't accommodate 10 butts? And I think the OP would be the best judge of what's "acceptable" to his kids. After all, he's already suggested the Main Street Malls, which are probably more daunting that White Bear (which I've just put on my list for my next east coast visit, thanks Lau!).

                    1. re: Xiao Yang

                      definitely worth trying out...my favorite dumpling place in flushing, very good and fresh and hand made

                      fyi, these are not guo tie (i.e. potstickers --> crescent / moon shaped dumplings), these are northern chinese style dumplings that are more like mis-shaped balls...so if you're looking to show your kids something different than the dumplings they've likely had in the US then this is a great place

                  2. re: Lau

                    White Bear is good but I don't think there are even three or four tables there--more like two tables outside the counter. In this regard Best North might be your better bet since there's a food court type of set up inside with a fair number seats . I don't think the sign outside actually says Best North--however the signage clearly refers to Dumplings so you can't miss it. It's on the corner of Roosevelt and Prince.

                  3. Besides the earlier suggestions by the other posters, if you are willing to hoof around and eat outside from takeout restaurants/stores, there are a number of possible restaurants in Flushing that might be worthwhile and one can also try other items besides dumplings and also get the most value for one’s money.

                    There is a small takeout dumpling shop right next door to the LIRR parking lot on 41st Ave (northern side of street and east of the LIRR parking lot) that has an interesting story of immigrant perseverance. We called her the “Dumpling Woman,” who started out originally many many years ago as a “one woman” vendor cart selling “guo tie” (pan fried dumplings) right on the sidewalk in front of the present store.

                    The little store now sells a variety of Chinese takeout items. Besides the “guo tie”, there are also small and large pan fried baos filled with pork and vegetables, hot and sour soup, “tofu fa” (a light tofu pudding served with a sweet ginger syrup), egg rolls, sweetened soy bean drink in bottles, and a number of other items. Just about all of the items cost about $1 each (the small buns are 3 for a dollar and the “guo tie” may still be 4 for a dollar after all these years), hence money should not be an issue.

                    Right around the corner on Main Street (west side of Street) right under the LIRR trestle is another takeout store that sells many little Chinese items such as stir fried noodles, pancakes, fried chicken drumsticks, fried dumplings, and many others, and all should be at around $1 dollar each or less. While many of the items would not be considered great, they are nourishing and acceptable.

                    Go north on Main Street, another 50 feet and there is a takeout window stall at the “Corner 28” restaurant (corner of Main Street and 40th Road; Southwest corner) that is the only place in NYC that we are aware of that sells “Peking Duck” sandwiches and at the low price of $0.75 cents each. We have tried the “Peking Duck” sandwiches and they are reasonably good for the price. This window stall has been recently selling flat rice noodles with beef, pork, or shrimp fillings called “Cheung Fun.” Supposedly according to recent Chowhound postings, the “Cheung Fun” items are sold as breakfast items in the mornings.

                    Also in Flushing, there are a number of Chinese bakeries that all sell Chinese bakery items for $1 or less. We like the flaky curry beef pastry at the “Tai Pan” bakery on Main Street (between 37th and 38th Avenues; on eastern side of Main Street). We would recommend staying away from the more western looking pastries and sticking with the more traditional Chinese pastries.

                    One block further south on Main Street at 40-41 Main Street, there is a hole-in-wall store that is a refugee from the former food stalls in the now defunct J&L Mall on Main Street, that sells a Red Bean pastry that is some kind of sweet rice with a red bean filling that is deep fried. This item also only costs $1 and while the red bean flavor may be a little exotic for non-Asian tastes, it may be worth a try. When the store was in the old J&L Mall, there was usually enough turnover that the Red Bean pastries were usually out of the fryer only a short time before they were sold. Once they sit around too long they begin to lose their puffiness and becomes a little oily.

                    At a budget of $5 per student, one could go to five different takeout places purchasing 5 different items to get a good flavor of Flushing Chinese street foods. Language should not be a major problem at these takeout places, as they are all “point and order” places where one can see the various available food items, although some of these stores may have employees that can speak English passably.

                    Good luck!

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                    1. re: lwong

                      yeah the peking duck sandwiches are a good idea, they're cheap and tasty

                      1. re: lwong

                        I was going to suggest these three places as well (the one on 40th Rd., the one under the LIRR, and Corner 28). If you are there before lunch, Corner 28 also has a selection of dumplings inside on the right hand side. They are four for $2.25. Also, Chou Zhou (on the corner of Main St.and 40th Rd.) serves dim sum until 3:00 p.m. and could certainly accomodate a large party. They also have dumplings in soup on their breakfast menu.

                        Let us know what the kids thought after you go. Now I'm craving dumplings.